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Farewell Alan. And can Hank Marvin stop Aberdeen in the latest ‘The World Cup of….’?

15 Jan

No sooner had the dust settled on the weekend than the first departure has happened through the transfer window after it was announced that Alan Judge has left Brentford for Ipswich Town. It was a rumour that we’d seen circulating for the last few days and has now been confirmed. Elsewhere, there’s a question. Of sorts. What links Aberdeen, Newcastle United, two old women and Hank Marvin. But not Richard Osman or Fulham? More to follow, but first Judgey.

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No more a rumour. No more a Bee

What can you say? The player affectionately known as ‘The Magician’ in the Braemar Road has performed his final trick and disappeared. Ipswich Town have picked up a star, that’s for sure. We all know what Alan did for Brentford. The eventual penalty that eventually took us up to the Championship. Eventually. The goals. The pace. The excitement. That free kick at Fulham to round off the famous 4-1 rout. The one at Arsenal earlier this season.

Not only a strike of the highest quality but also one of those rare occasions that a goal has been scored in a brown/orange shirt (although one can fully understand the first XI getting distracted by the incredible tops and being lulled into deeming themselves more catwalk models than a football team).

There was also ‘that’ injury. Ironically enough, suffered at Ipswich Town of all places. It put paid to Alan’s dreams of taking part in the Euro 2016 finals – something that was an almost certainty for a player who still ended up being nominated for the Championship Player of the Year award aswell as being named in both the Championship PFA and the Football League Teams of the Year at the end of that season.

Luke Hyam is plying his trade at Southend these days whilst the mental and physical strength Alan showed in fighting back is more than testament to his fortitude as a player – on and off the pitch. The welcome he received when he finally came back in last season’s FA Cup should tell all you need to know.

Good luck Alan. And thank you for everything! Especially that Fulham goal. You can read more here, on Brentford official.

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What a shirt. What a goal.

Talking of Fulham, we all know that their ‘celebrity’ fan Richard Osman will stick his name to a “The World Cup of…..” anything at the drop of a hat. The World Cup of biscuits. The World Cup of books. The World Cup of crisps. The World Cup of teams having zero shots against but still managing to lose 2-1 to Burnley at the weekend. Granted, that last one’s a little niche but you get the drift.

So it was with great pleasure of the discovery being made on Monday lunchtime that one of THE twitter sites to follow, @TheSkyStrikers , have launched their own – The World Cup of programme covers. And it’s every bit as good as one would hope.

For those yet to discover this gem, in their own words it is summarised best by host Miles McClagan as: “Collating as many old football images as I can from a random bucket of programmes…” And, it would be fair to say, there are some corkers.

Taken largely from the 70s and 80s, it was a time when football was less politically correct but also an industry taking those early steps into marketing. With mixed results. But also a lot of fun and nowhere more is this emphasised in some of the covers now going head-to-head.

There’s Hank Marvin popping up at Newcastle United. As you do. Paul Parker taking a trip in hot air balloon – in full kit. Two old ladies leaning out of a bedroom window at Aberdeen to cheer on their team. Indeed, that’s just one of a trio of covers to feature the Dons which take part in the first knock out round.

The competition launched on Twitter, yesterday, and the first few are below to get you in the mood. Hats off to Miles for a labour of love and a work of art.

But can anybody stop Aberdeen?

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Hank’s Newcastle United and Aberdeen are amongst the early favourites.

Nick Bruzon

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Brentford v Crawley Town – Griffin Park live weather update

7 Feb

It won’t take a genius to figure out the very real threat the weather poses to Saturday’s game. League One leaders Brentford are due to play Crawley but, with Wolves trip to Stevenage already canned 24 hours prior to the scheduled kick off, its no surprise that people are getting itchy feet.

Moreso, given the update posted on the official site this afternoon, the crux of which reads :   “To clarify, if no rain falls, the Club is confident the game will go ahead but any rain before the final whistle will put the match in doubt.”

Given the earlier column today, specifically around various less than successful attempts at weather forecasting (both professional and amateur), I’d be a fool to predict how this is going to go.

What I can, accurately, share is the view over Griffin Park just before sunset. Not a cloud in the sky.

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The view down a cloudless Braemar Road just before sunset

So far, so good …. we’ll update here as things progress. However, brace yourself for the worst based on the overnight forecast.

And as if by magic – Friday, 6.40pm weather update: NOW CHUCKING IT DOWN

Friday , 6.50pm: No rain. Cloudy overhead (this could be a long night)

Saturday, 6.45am: Its not raining, but it has been. Dark as pitch outside so can’t see the sky. Would suggest we may need to prepare for ‘Tuesday night under lights’, given the previous club statement.

Saturday, 7.15am: Clear over Griffin Park but large cloud over Chiswick/Kew. Ground in St Paul’s Park (below) surprisingly firm.

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Looking across St.Pauls to Griffin Park

Saturday, 8.40am: Just been for a quick wander up to GP. Good news is (per below) the skys are still clear and there is no rain. Likewsie, quite a stiff breeze in the area which can only be helping the pitch.

On the flipside, a general murkiness and a lot of cloud all around. I’ll be impressed if it doesn’t rain but, until then, one can only presume ‘Game on’ .

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Saturday, 9am: Pitch inspection confirmed for 10am……

Saturday, 10.05 am: Game OFF – That’s me, then. Thanks for reading today. 6 Nations here we come